Kevin Pietersen confirms retirement from cricket

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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen appeared to have brought the curtain down on his cricket playing career on Saturday, announcing his decision to step away from the game in a series of messages on social media. He scored 8,181 runs at an average of 47.28 and struck 23 centuries and 35 fifties. Not everyone's Cup of Tea but you will do for me. "Wish I could travel but unfortunately family's very important family decision and I hope you can respect my decision and my family's decision not to travel", the Quetta Gladiators batsman said. "Time to move on!"

Part of 2010 World T20 title-winning team, Pietersen's England career ended in 2014 when England and Wales Cricket Board made a decision to sack him controversially. He was captain of the team for a short period when the team won 2010 World T20 title.

As his cricket has wound down, his conservation work with rhinos has increased.

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"Purple hopefully will do it Inshallah!", said Kevin Pietersen.

Pietersen's final appearance in England - the country he will be forever associated with despite being born in South Africa - came with Surrey last summer. He warned that he was "nearly done and dusted" during his stint with Melbourne Stars during the Big Bash, and prior to his departure for the PSL, he posted an emotional farewell to his family on Instagram, adding that "this evening is the last one I'll ever have to do".

Moving on is what England did after the horror Ashes tour of 2013/14. He played his last match for England during the 2013-14 Ashes and was dropped for what England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) termed as "lack of trust".

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Pietersen, who had a brief and ill-fated spell as England captain, will be best remembered for his sublime innings of 158 in the fifth Test against Australia at The Oval in 2005.

Given his often divisive nature, it was fitting that Michael Vaughan, a former England captain, admitted his old worldwide team-mate was a tremendous talent, even if he wasn't always easy to deal with.

Vaughan said Pietersen was the best batsman he had played with. "1st England batsman that put fear into the Aussies", Vaughan tweeted.

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